Just Plain Foolish

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Rocks and Stones: One Deep Breath

Softly curved limestone
Carved by ancient waters

Green, blue, rust, grey, tan
A colorful palette
On the cliffside

Soft mountains,
Lush forest over old stone,
Almost Heaven...

Tiny limestone cave
with a crystal waterfall
Childhood's secret place.

Under the earth
hidden in velvet darkness,
Gypsum roses bloom.

Beautiful cubes
Sparkle in coal samples.
Bother! Pyrite.

Green cave bubbles
shine softly on my wrist,
malachite bracelet.

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Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely landscapes and a beautiful bracelet too

11/26/2007 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the flow and the story.



11/26/2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger SandyCarlson said...

Your rocks are so alive!

Mine's at

Writing in Faith: Poems

11/26/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger Laure said...

So much good painting. "hidden in velvet darkness/Gypsum roses bloom." Wowie!!!!!

11/26/2007 3:12 PM  
Blogger Tumblewords: said...

Ah, the beauty that rests in these haiku! So visual and soothing... Except the 'bother' word. That's so funny! I used to do a lot of gold panning and 'bother' is a word I recognize in that scene!

11/26/2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger qualcosa di bello said...

this is so beautiful! i feel as though i was a child exploring & discovering as i read them...vivid imagery for sure!

11/26/2007 4:27 PM  
Blogger Plain Foolish said...

Thank you all.

Tumblewords, the bother! over finding fool's gold in coal is in some ways even worse than the bother! over finding fool's gold in one's pan.

Pyrite is one of the signs that coal contains sulfur, which if you burn it, leads to air and water pollution. I grew up near a coal mine, and it was my science fair project to measure the levels of pyrite in the local coal. Not a pretty picture, let me tell you.

11/26/2007 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such wonderful images of beauty undisturbed. Stories to be told. I love the scene that comes up in my mind with the mountains in #3. You Rock!

11/26/2007 5:57 PM  
Blogger get zapped said...

I so enjoyed these, I can see your love for stone through this collection ;)

11/27/2007 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very beautiful images are evoked by these words! Very well done!

11/27/2007 11:33 AM  

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